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CN1292909C
CN1292909C CNB2003101170228A CN200310117022A CN1292909C CN 1292909 C CN1292909 C CN 1292909C CN B2003101170228 A CNB2003101170228 A CN B2003101170228A CN 200310117022 A CN200310117022 A CN 200310117022A CN 1292909 C CN1292909 C CN 1292909C
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    • B41J2/17509Whilst mounted in the printer
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
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    • B41JTYPEWRITERS; SELECTIVE PRINTING MECHANISMS, e.g. INK-JET PRINTERS, THERMAL PRINTERS, i.e. MECHANISMS PRINTING OTHERWISE THAN FROM A FORME; CORRECTION OF TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS
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    • B41J2/17Ink jet characterised by ink handling
    • B41J2/175Ink supply systems ; Circuit parts therefor
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本发明提供一种容纳喷墨记录墨水的容器,该容纳喷墨记录墨水的容器包括:设在容纳喷墨记录墨水的容器(200)内部的一端与上述供给口(150)相连接的中空管状部件(107)、形成在该管状部件上的墨水供给孔(107a~107h)、位于上述管状部件的竖直方向的底部且用于将空气导入该管状部件内部的空气导入口(151),上述容纳喷墨记录墨水的容器内部的墨水从上述墨水供给孔被导入上述管状部件内,该被导入的墨水从上述供给口供给上述其它装置,空气从上述空气导入口被导入管状部件内,该空气形成的气泡在管状部件内上升,由此产生对流,搅拌管状部件内的墨水。 The present invention provides an inkjet recording ink receiving container, the inkjet recording ink receiving container comprising: an ink jet recording ink is provided receiving a container (200) with the interior of the hollow tubular end of the supply port (150) connected to means (107), an ink supply hole (107a ~ 107h) on the tubular member, positioned vertically above the bottom of the tubular member and for introducing air into the interior of the tubular member air inlet (151), above receiving inkjet recording ink inside the ink container from the ink supply hole is introduced into the tubular member, the ink is introduced into the another apparatus is supplied from the supply port, air from the air inlet is introduced into the inner tubular member, the air rising bubbles formed within the tubular member, thereby generating convection, stirring ink in the tubular member. 该搅拌作用可减小管状部件内墨水浓度的差别。 The stirring effect can reduce the difference ink density of the inner tubular member.

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容纳喷墨记录墨水的容器 Inkjet recording ink receiving container

技术领域 FIELD

本发明涉及一种用于容纳供给喷墨记录装置的记录头的墨水等液体的容纳喷墨记录墨水的容器。 The present invention relates to a method for receiving a liquid such as ink supplied to the recording head of the inkjet recording apparatus inkjet recording ink accommodating container. 特别涉及一种用于容纳含有以颜料作为着色剂的墨水的容纳喷墨记录墨水的容器。 Particularly it relates to a container for receiving ink containing a pigment as the colorant of the inkjet recording ink housed.

背景技术 Background technique

喷墨记录装置是从设在记录头上的多个喷出口向记录介质喷出墨水,从而进行记录的。 A plurality of ink jet recording apparatus is provided in the recording head from the ink ejection outlet to eject the recording medium, thereby performing recording. 该喷墨记录装置中,向记录头供给墨水的墨水容器一种与记录头形成一体地搭载在滑架上,其容量比较小,另一种不搭载在滑架上,经由供给部件向记录头供给墨水,其容量比较大。 The ink jet recording apparatus, ink is supplied to the recording head and the ink container formed integrally with a recording head mounted on the carriage, which is relatively small capacity, the other is not mounted on the carriage, the recording head via a supply means supplying ink, which is a relatively large capacity. 不搭载在滑架上容量比较大的墨水容器大多可自由装卸地连接在向记录头供给记录所用墨水的墨水供给系统末端。 It is not mounted on the carriage relatively large capacity ink container mostly detachably connected to an ink supply system supplying the recording ink to the recording head end. 现有公知的可自由装卸型的墨水容器有的是墨水容器内部设有海绵等毛细管力产生部件,墨水保存在其中,有的是墨水直接保存在挠性袋内或刚性的盒体内部等。 Internal conventionally known type of detachable ink container provided with ink container some sponges capillary force generating member, ink held therein, some ink is stored directly in the flexible bag or the like inside a rigid cartridge body. 特别是每页纸的墨水供给量大的宽幅打印机和运转率高的网络打印机需要大容量的墨水。 Especially the ink supply amount of each sheet and wide-format printers with high network printer operation requires a large-capacity ink. 因此,考虑到降低墨水容器的更换频率和墨水的容纳效率,需要墨水容器内不设海绵等部件,直接容纳墨水型的墨水容器(以下也称为“全效型墨水容器”)。 Thus, in view of reducing the frequency of replacement and the ink accommodation efficiency of the ink container, does not need to sponge member within the ink container, the ink is directly accommodated in the ink container type (hereinafter also referred to as "type ink container full effect").

在现有技术中,这样的全效型墨水容器使用墨水浓度总可以保持均匀的染料墨水。 In the prior art, such full effect type ink container with ink can be kept uniform concentration of total dye ink. 但是,使用染料墨水记录出的记录物耐光性、耐大气腐蚀性、耐水性差,不适合作户外宣传和长期保存的记录物。 However, the use of dye ink recorded matter recorded light resistance, weather resistance, water resistance is poor, not suitable for long-term storage and outdoor advertising recorded matter. 另一方面,以颜料作为着色剂的颜料墨水的耐光性、耐大气腐蚀性、耐水性等比染料墨水都好。 On the other hand, as a light pigment ink pigment colorant, weather resistance, water resistance is good geometric dye ink. 但是,由于颜料在溶剂中不溶解而是分散在溶剂中,因此颜料在静止状态的墨水容器中会沉降。 However, since the pigment is not dissolved but dispersed in the solvent in the solvent, so the pigment may settle in the ink container in a stationary state.

上述与记录头形成一体地搭载在滑架上的小容量的墨水容器由于随着滑架的扫描,墨水容器产生振动,内部墨水也在处于被搅拌状态下随时供给墨水,因此向记录头输送的是颜料分散、浓度比较均匀的墨水。 The above-described recording head is formed integrally mounted on the carriage of the ink container due to the small capacity as the scanning carriage ink container vibrates also in the interior of the ink supply of the ink to be stirred at any state, thus fed to the recording head a pigment dispersion, an ink concentration uniform. 另一方面,不搭载在滑架上的容量比较大的墨水容器由于在搁置在既定位置上的状态下供给墨水,因此,由于墨水的供给频率、供给间隔、记录页数等,不能再无视颜料的沉降现象。 On the other hand, it is not mounted on the carriage relatively large capacity ink container since the ink is supplied at a predetermined position on the resting state, since the ink is supplied to the frequency, the feed interval, recording the number of pages, the pigment can not ignore the settlement phenomenon.

例如,在长时间放置的墨水容器内部颜料沉降,从容器底部向液面附近,颜料粒子的浓度递减,底部形成颜色过浓的一层,而液面附近形成颜色过浅的一层,底部与液面附近墨水浓度的变化很大。 For example, in the ink container is placed inside a pigment settling time, decreasing from the bottom to the container, the concentration of pigment particles in the vicinity of the liquid surface, forming a bottom layer of the color too thick, too light to form a layer in the vicinity of the liquid surface, and a bottom great changes in ink concentration in the vicinity of the liquid surface. 如果墨水容器是从墨水容器底部导出墨水的,则最初导出的是过浓的墨水。 If the ink container of the ink is derived from the bottom of the ink container, the initial derived ink is too thick. 如果在此状态下进行大量记录,比较记录刚刚开始之后和即将结束之前的记录结果,则有时会发现可以目视的程度的色差。 If a large number of records, more records in this state just after the start and record the results before coming to an end, you can sometimes find visually degrees of color. 该现象根据颜色的浓淡,在构成图像的彩色打印中特别明显。 The color density of the phenomenon, particularly evident in the color image printing configuration.

为了解决上述问题,设置了从墨水容器的墨水供给口在墨水容器内开设有多个孔的管状部件,吸墨时,不仅从墨水容器内部的墨水供给口附近吸,而且横跨墨水容器的上下方向,从多处吸墨,同时设有暂时保留从上述多个孔吸出的墨水的地方,再向记录头侧供给该保留处的墨水,由此减轻供给墨水的浓度差别(参照例如,特开2001-270131号公报、特开2001-293880号公报)。 To solve the above problems, the opening is provided from the ink supply port of the ink container in the ink container has a plurality of apertures of the tubular member, the ink absorbing, absorbing only from the vicinity of the inside of the ink supply port of the ink container, the ink container is vertically and direction, from the ink absorbing multiple, simultaneously with escrow sucked out ink from the plurality of holes where, again recording head side of the ink supply of the reservation, thereby reducing the concentration difference between the ink supply (see, for example, Laid-open No. 2001-270131, JP-A No. 2001-293880 Gazette).

但是,上述现有的墨水容器还存在下述问题。 However, in the conventional ink container further has the following problems.

首先,各浓度层的墨水从多个孔流入管状部件内,流入的墨水在管状部件内或保留处混合,形成均匀的浓度,但是由于管状部件内或保留处也存在颜料沉降现象,所以有时即使在这些地方墨水的浓度也不均匀。 First, ink flows from each of the plurality of layers concentration of holes within the tubular member, the ink flowing in the tubular member or the retention mixed to form a uniform concentration, but due to the retention of the inner tubular member, or there is the phenomenon of pigment settling, so sometimes even in these areas the concentration of the ink is not uniform. 为了解决这个问题,也考虑用泵等抽吸管状部件内的墨水并废弃,但是废弃的墨水就浪费了,不是有效的方法。 To solve this problem, a suction pump or the like is also contemplated by the tubular member and the ink in the waste, but the waste ink is wasted, the method is not effective.

再者,位于墨水容器上方的浓度较低的墨水由于含有的颜料少,墨水自身也比位于底部的浓度较高的墨水轻。 Further, in the lower concentration over the ink container due to the small pigment ink, ink itself is higher than the concentration at the bottom of the ink containing the light. 如上所述,墨水从墨水容器内各浓度层均等地流入管状部件内。 As described above, the ink flows into the ink container from the inside of the tubular member for each concentration layer uniformly. 但是在管内,从管状部件下方的孔流入的较重的墨水留在竖直方向的下侧,从管状部件上方的孔流入的较轻的墨水留在竖直方向的上侧,较重的墨水与较轻的墨水之间难以形成上下对流,有可能不均匀混合地供给。 However, within the tube, heavier ink flows downward from the hole left in the side of the tubular member in the vertical direction, the lighter ink flows from the orifice of the tubular member above the left side in the vertical direction, heavier ink and difficult to form vertical convection between the lighter ink, it is possible to mixedly supplied unevenly.

发明内容 SUMMARY

本发明的目的在于提供一种供给墨水的墨水容器,即使是在使用颜料作为着色剂的墨水的墨水容器中,供给墨水的浓度也没有差别,不会在记录物上产生可以目视的程度的浓度差。 Object of the present invention is to provide an ink container for supplying ink, even in the ink container using a pigment as a colorant in the ink, the ink supply concentration is no difference, no extent visually on a recording material poor concentration.

即,本发明的目的在于提供一种容纳喷墨记录墨水的容器,该容纳喷墨记录墨水的容器容纳静置时形成多个浓度层的墨水,从该容器中取出墨水时,取出墨水的浓度没有差别,可供给总保持一定浓度的墨水。 That is, an object of the present invention is to provide an inkjet recording ink accommodating container which accommodates a plurality of inkjet recording ink concentration layer formed in the ink receiving container was allowed to stand, when removing the ink, the ink was taken out from the container no difference can be supplied to maintain a certain concentration of the total ink.

本发明的容纳喷墨记录墨水的容器容纳静置时形成多个浓度层的墨水,并带有用于向其它装置供给上述墨水的供给口,该容纳喷墨记录墨水的容器包括:设在该容纳喷墨记录墨水的容器内部的一端与上述供给口相连接的中空管状部件、形成在该管状部件上的至少一个墨水供给孔、位于上述管状部件的竖直方向的底部且用于将空气导入该管状部件内部的空气导入口,其特征在于:上述容纳喷墨记录墨水的容器内部的墨水通过上述墨水供给孔被导入上述管状部件内,该被导入的墨水通过上述供给口供给上述其它装置;上述管状部件从上述容纳喷墨记录墨水的容器底部沿竖直方向延伸,直到与该容纳喷墨记录墨水的容器内部的高度几乎相等的高度,并且在竖直方向的多处地方设有上述墨水供给孔,该多个墨水供给孔将各自附近的墨水导入上述管状部件内 Receiving an ink jet ink of the present invention is formed in a plurality of recording layers when the concentration of the ink receiving container was allowed to stand, and with a supply port for supplying the ink to the other device, the inkjet recording ink receiving container comprising: receiving provided in the at least one inkjet recording ink supply aperture end of the inner hollow tubular member of the ink container and the supply port is connected, is formed on the tubular member, positioned vertically above the bottom of the tubular member and for the air introduced into the the tubular member inside air inlet, wherein: the inside of the inkjet recording ink container accommodating the ink to be introduced into the tubular member via the ink supply hole, the ink is supplied to the other device introduced through the supply port; and the the tubular member extends from the bottom of the inkjet recording ink accommodating container in the vertical direction, until the height of the interior of the ink container accommodating the ink jet recording almost equal height, and provided with said ink supplying at various places in the vertical direction hole, and the plurality of respective ink supply aperture of the ink introduced into the vicinity of the inner tubular member 上述空气导入口设在上述容纳喷墨记录墨水的容器的底部,从该空气导入口被导入上述管状部件内的空气形成气泡,在上述管状部件内上升,从而搅拌该管状部件内的墨水。 The air inlet is provided at the bottom of the receiving container of the inkjet recording ink of the above, air is introduced into the tubular member from the air inlet to form bubbles rise within the tubular member, thereby stirring ink in the tubular member.

采用以上结构,空气从空气导入口被导入管状部件内,该空气在管状部件内形成气泡并上升,使管状部件内的墨水产生对流,进行搅拌,从而可减小管状部件内浓度的差别,可通过供给口供给一定浓度的墨水。 With the above structure, air from the air inlet is introduced into the inner tubular member, the air bubbles are formed in the tubular member and rises, so that the ink in the tubular member convection, stirring, thereby reducing the concentration differences within the tubular member, may be a concentration of the ink supplied through the supply port.

通过参照附图阅读以下对实施例的说明可以使本发明的上述和其他目的、效果、特征和优点更加清楚。 The above and other objects can be made, effects, features and advantages of the present invention by reading the following description the accompanying drawings of embodiments with reference to more apparent.

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图1是表示本发明实施方式的墨水容器的立体图。 FIG. 1 is a perspective view of an ink container according to an embodiment of the present invention.

图2是分解图1的墨水容器的分解立体图。 FIG 2 is an exploded perspective exploded view of an ink container 1 of FIG.

图3是进一步分解图2的连接单元的分解立体图。 FIG. 3 is a further exploded perspective exploded view of the connector unit of FIG. 2.

图4是放大连接单元的墨水供给部分的放大截面图。 FIG 4 is an enlarged sectional view of an ink supply unit connected to an enlarged portion.

图5是表示安装在喷墨记录装置上的墨水容器的示意截面图。 FIG 5 is a schematic sectional view of an ink container mounted on the ink jet recording apparatus.

图6是表示将气泡导入墨水搅拌室的状态的墨水容器的示意截面图。 FIG 6 is a schematic cross-sectional view showing the state of bubbles introduced into the ink chamber of the ink stirring container.

图7是表示气泡上升的状态的墨水容器的示意截面图。 FIG 7 is a schematic sectional view of an ink container of the bubble rising state.

图8是表示气泡从墨水搅拌室排出的状态的墨水容器的示意截面图。 FIG 8 is a schematic sectional view of an ink container from the ink bubble discharge state of the stirring chamber.

图9A是表示实施方式2中的墨水搅拌室的一部分的纵长方向的截面图。 FIG 9A is a sectional view of a portion of the longitudinal direction of the stirring chamber of the ink in the second embodiment.

图9B是表示沿图9A的IXB-IXB线处的半径方向的截面图。 FIG 9B is a sectional view in the radial direction of the line IXB-IXB in FIG. 9A.

图10是表示记录头的喷出口部分的立体图。 FIG 10 is a perspective view of the ejection outlet portion of the recording head.

图11是表示实施方式3中的墨水容器的立体图。 FIG 11 is a perspective view of a third embodiment of the ink container.

图12是分解图11的墨水容器的分解立体图。 FIG 12 is an exploded perspective exploded view of an ink container 11 of FIG.

图13是进一步分解图12的连接单元的分解立体图。 FIG 13 is a further exploded perspective exploded view of the connector unit 12.

具体实施方式 detailed description

下面参照附图,说明本发明实施方式的墨水容器。 The ink container will be described an embodiment of the present invention with reference to the accompanying drawings. 本发明的容纳喷墨记录墨水的容器不仅限于墨水容器,也可适用于具有容纳其它墨水并向其它装置供给所容纳的墨水的机构的情况。 Receiving the ink jet recording ink of the present invention is not limited to ink container vessel, also applicable to a case where other receiving means to the other means supplying the ink contained in the ink.

图1是表示墨水容器的立体图,图2是图1的分解立体图。 FIG. 1 is a perspective view of an ink container, FIG. 2 is an exploded perspective view of FIG. 1.

墨水容器1000可拆卸地安装在喷墨记录装置的既定位置上,并向记录头供给墨水。 1000 ink container detachably mountable at a predetermined position on the ink jet recording apparatus, ink is supplied to the recording head.

100表示连接单元,在将其安装在喷墨记录装置上时,将喷墨记录装置侧的墨水供给通路与墨水容器连接起来。 100 denotes a connection unit, when mounted on the ink jet recording apparatus, an ink jet recording apparatus of the ink container and the supply path side is connected. 使连接口150、151沿竖直方向向下地安装连接单元100。 The connecting port 150, 151 mounted in the vertical direction downwards the connection unit 100. 即,连接单元100的某个面构成墨水容器1000的底部。 That is, the connection unit 100 of a face constituting the bottom of the ink container 1000.

如图2所示,墨水容器1000包括墨水容纳部200、用于取出该墨水容纳部200内的墨水的连接单元100、从喷墨记录装置侧提取有关墨水容器的各种信息的信息存储介质单元300、用于固定连接单元100的盖部件400。 The information storage medium unit shown in FIG., 1000 ink container comprises an ink receiving portion 200 for taking out the ink in the ink containing portion 200 of the second connection unit 100, to extract information about the ink container side from the ink jet recording apparatus of various kinds of information 300, a cover member for fixing the connection unit 100 is 400.

墨水容纳部200是将塑料材料吹制成形而形成的中空容器。 The ink receiving unit 200 is a plastic material formed by blow molding a hollow container. 连接单元100带有收纳于墨水容纳部200内部的管状部件(以下也称为“墨水搅拌室”)107,通过设在该管状部件107上的多个孔获取墨水容纳部200内的墨水。 Unit 100 is connected with the tubular member housed in the inside of the ink containing portion 200 (hereinafter, also referred to as "an ink stirring chamber") 107, the ink acquires ink in the receiving portion 200 through a plurality of holes provided on the tubular member 107. 管状部件107与内部连通直到连接口105,将从管状部件107获取的墨水一直输送到连接口105。 The tubular member 107 communicates with the interior of the ink until the connection port 105, from the tubular member 107 has been delivered to the acquired connection port 105.

连接单元100经由密封部件101在气密的状态下压接在墨水容纳部200上的开口部201上。 Pressure connection unit 100 in an airtight state via a sealing member 101 into contact with the opening portion 201 on the ink receiving portion 200. 进而,盖部件400夹着连接单元100地与上述开口部201外周上的外螺纹螺纹结合,从而安装在墨水容纳部200的开口部201上。 Further, the cover member 400 sandwich the connecting unit 100 is coupled with the external thread 201 on the outer periphery of the opening portion, so that the opening portion 201 is mounted on the receiving portion 200 of the ink.

信息存储介质单元300通过超声波焊接等方式固定在墨水容纳部200的侧面上。 The information storage medium unit 300 is fixed to the side surface of the ink receiving portion 200 by ultrasonic welding or the like.

图3是分解连接单元的分解立体图,图4是放大连接口附近的示意截面图。 FIG 3 is an exploded perspective exploded connecting unit, the connecting port 4 is an enlarged schematic sectional view of the vicinity. 图5是表示安装在喷墨记录装置上的墨水容器的示意截面图。 FIG 5 is a schematic sectional view of an ink container mounted on the ink jet recording apparatus.

如图5所示,墨水容器1000安装在喷墨记录装置上的墨水供给单元525上。 The ink supply unit 525 as shown, the ink container 1000 is mounted on the ink jet recording apparatus 5. 墨水供给单元525上设有导出墨水容器内墨水的中空墨水供给针528、及将大气导入墨水容器内的中空空气导入针529。 A hollow ink supplying needle derive the ink container 528 of the ink, and the atmospheric air introducing hollow needle 529 is introduced into the ink container to the ink supply unit 525. 这些针插入墨水容器的连接单元100的连接口150、151中,从而连通墨水供给单元525和墨水容器内。 The needle is inserted into the connection port 150, 151 of the ink container unit 100 is connected so as to communicate the ink supply unit 525 and the ink container. 从墨水供给针528导入喷墨记录装置侧的墨水通过墨水供给通路526送入记录头524中。 The ink introduced from the ink supply needle 528 of the ink jet recording apparatus side into the recording head 524 through the ink supply path 526. 记录头524向图中未示出的记录介质喷墨,进行记录。 Recording medium jet recording head 524 is not shown in the drawing, is recorded. 此外,本实施方式的记录头是串型的,在记录介质上沿一定方向扫描,在该扫描时喷出墨水进行记录。 Further, the recording head of the present embodiment is a serial type, the scanning along a certain direction on the recording medium, ink is ejected during the recording scanning. 再使记录介质向与记录头的扫描方向相垂直的方向输送既定量,这样的送纸与上述记录头的扫描交替地反复进行,即可在整个记录介质上形成图像。 Then the recording medium is conveyed a predetermined amount to the recording head in the scanning direction perpendicular to the direction of paper feed and such scanning of the recording head are alternately repeated, an image can be formed on the entire recording medium.

记录头524有多个喷嘴,利用与各喷嘴相对应的电热转换体所发出的热能,在墨水中产生气泡,用该气泡的生成压力从上述各喷嘴中喷出墨滴。 The recording head 524 has a plurality of nozzles, each nozzle by utilizing thermal energy corresponding to the electrothermal converting body is emitted, bubbles are generated in ink by the pressure of the bubble generated ink droplets are ejected from each nozzle.

图10是示意地表示记录头524的墨水喷出部(喷嘴)构造的部分立体图。 FIG 10 is a schematic perspective view of an ink ejection portion of the recording head portion 524 (nozzle) configuration. 与记录介质隔开既定间隙(例如,约0.2mm~2.0mm)地相对的喷出口面81上,以既定间距形成多个喷出口82,并且沿连通公共液室83和各喷出口82的各墨水通路84的壁面设有产生喷墨用能量的电热转换体85。 A recording medium disposed with a predetermined gap (e.g., from about 0.2mm ~ 2.0mm) opposite the ejection outlet surface 81, 82 is formed at a predetermined pitch a plurality of discharge ports, and in communication with each of the common liquid chamber 83 and each ejection port 82 wall surface 84 of the ink passage 85 is provided with electrothermal converting member generating the energy for ink jet. 记录头524基于图像信号或喷出信号,驱动对应的电热转换体85,使墨水通路84内的墨水膜沸腾,利用此时产生的压力从喷出口82喷出墨水。 The recording head 524 based on the image signal or ejection signal, the corresponding electrothermal converting member drive 85, so that the ink film boiling in the ink passage 84 by the pressure generated at this time the ink is ejected from the discharge port 82. 本实施方式采用这种所谓气泡通过(bubble through)方式的喷出方法,但本发明不限于此,不必说,也可以采用压电方式等其它喷出方法。 In this embodiment according to the present embodiment a so-called discharging method by the bubble (bubble through) mode, the present invention is not limited thereto but, needless to say, other method for discharging a piezoelectric method or the like may be employed.

墨水容器安装在上述构造的喷墨记录装置中,下面详细说明墨水容器侧的连接单元的构造及墨水供给针与空气导入针的关系。 Mounting the ink container in the ink jet recording apparatus constructed as described above, the relationship between structure and the ink container side connecting unit ink supply needle and the air introduction needle described in detail below.

连接单元100从连接口150、151到管状部件107之间设有多个连接部。 The connection unit 100 is provided with a plurality of connection portions between the connection port from the tubular member 150, 151 to 107. 各连接部在与上述连接口150、151相对应的位置上设有连通管状部件107和连接口的开口部。 Each of the connecting portions of the tubular member is provided with an opening portion communicating connection port 107 and the ports 150 and 151 at the connecting position corresponding to the. 102是壳体,在对应连接口150、151的位置设有连通孔153、154,以该连通孔153、154为中心形成2个凹部。 Housing 102 is provided with communication holes 153, 154 at a position corresponding to the connection port 150, 151, 153, 154 to the communication hole formed in the center of two recesses. 橡胶等弹性体制成的2个弹性部件103填充在壳体102的连通孔153、154的凹部中。 Rubber or the like elastomer of the two elastic member 103 is filled in the concave portion of the communication hole 153, 154 of the housing 102. 该弹性部件103成拱形,非拱形的平面嵌入上述壳体102的凹部中。 The arched elastic member 103, a non-arcuate planar fitted into the recess 102 of the housing. 进而,压紧部件104夹着该弹性部件103地通过超声波焊接或锁止爪等(图中未示出)被固定在壳体102上。 Further, the pressing member 104 sandwich the elastic member 103 by ultrasonic welding, or the like pawl (not shown) is fixed to the housing 102. 即,压紧部件104压紧弹性部件103的拱形侧,进行压缩固定,以便产生指向弹性部件103半径方向的压缩力,从而使壳体102的凹部保持气密状态。 That is, the pressing member 104 pressing the arcuate side elastic member 103, a fixed compression, so as to generate a compressive force directed radial direction of the elastic member 103 so that the recess portion of the housing 102 is held in an airtight state. 压紧部件104在对应于上述壳体102的连通孔153、154的位置设有连通孔155、156。 The position of the pressing member 104 in the housing 102 corresponding to the communication holes 153, 154 is provided with communication holes 155 and 156. 吸收体105嵌入压紧部件104的连通孔155、156中。 The absorbent member 105 embedded in the communication hole 104 of the pressing 155,156. 带有连接口150、151的吸收体盖106使连接口150、151的位置与压紧部件104的连通孔155、156的位置对准地通过超声波焊接或锁止爪(图中未示出)、嵌入等方式固定在压紧部件104或壳体102上。 With connectors 150, 151 of the absorbent member cover 106 of the connector port and the communication hole 150, 151 of the pressing member 104 is a position 155, 156 in alignment position by ultrasonic welding or pawl (not shown) embedding the like fixed on the pressing member 104 or housing 102.

通过上述组装,墨水搅拌室107的与壳体102连接侧的开口端部盖住两个连接口150、151。 Via the opening end portion of the assembly, the ink stirring chamber 107 is connected with the housing side covers 102 two connection ports 150, 151. 即,墨水搅拌室107与两个连接口150、151连通。 That is, the ink chamber 107 communicates with stirring two connection ports 150, 151.

另外,在夹有密封部件101的状态下,通过将有内螺纹的盖部件400旋入开口部201外周的螺纹,这样构成的连接单元100与墨水容纳部200的开口部201在密封状态下相对固定。 In the case with a seal member 101 of the state, the cover member will have an internal thread 400 is screwed into 201 the outer periphery of the opening portion of the thread 100 and the opening portion of the ink receiving portion 200 of the connection unit thus configured 201 relatively in a sealed state fixed. 此外,盖部件400的顶面打开,盖部件400即使固定在墨水容纳部200上,连接单元100的端部,即吸收体盖106和连接口150、151也会露出。 Further, the top surface of the cover member 400 is opened, even if the ink is fixed on the receiving portion 200, an end portion of the cover member 100, the connection unit 400, i.e., the absorbent member cover 106 and the connection ports 150, 151 will be exposed. 而且,密封部件101由于盖部件400的旋入而被一定量地压缩,因此墨水容器1000内部可相对外部空气保持气密状态。 Further, since the sealing member 101 is screwed into the cover member 400 is compressed a certain quantity, so the interior of the ink container 1000 can be kept airtight state relative to the outside air. 即,连接单元100和盖部件400通过密封部件101以完全密封的状态安装在墨水容纳部200上,因此,墨水不会从装配部分泄漏。 That is, the cover member 100 and 400 by the sealing member 101 to completely seal the connection state of the ink receiving unit is mounted on the portion 200, and therefore, the ink does not leak from the fitting portion.

下面,信息存储介质单元300由下述部件构成:信息存储介质支座301、用双面胶303定位在该信息存储介质支座301的凹部的内表面上的信息存储介质302、由从该信息存储介质支座301的外表面突出的多个突起304构成的梳齿状ID部(机械式识别部)。 Next, the information storage medium unit 300 is composed of the following components: the information storage medium holder 301, with double-sided tape positioning information storage medium 303 on the inner surface of the recess of the information storage medium holder 301 is 302, the information from the a plurality of storage media bearing outer surface 301 of the projecting portion projecting comb-like configuration ID 304 (mechanical identifying portion).

在墨水容器1000安装在喷墨记录装置上的状态下,信息存储介质302与喷墨记录装置之间进行信息交换。 In the state where the ink container 1000 is mounted on the ink jet recording apparatus, exchanging information between the information storage medium 302 and ink jet recording apparatus. 信息存储介质302与喷墨记录装置之间交换的信息是有关例如墨水的使用期限、墨水容器1000的墨水量、墨水的颜色等的信息。 Exchange of information between the information storage medium 302 and ink jet recording apparatus is, for example, information about the life of the ink, the ink amount of ink container 1000, ink color and the like. 通过从喷墨记录装置的控制部中提取出这些信息,可发出使用期限到了或墨水用尽了的报警,督促用户更换墨水容器等。 By extracting information from the control unit of the ink jet recording apparatus may be sent to the life of the ink end alert or prompt the user to replace the ink containers. 由此可防止墨水的变色或粘度增大对记录图像造成影响。 Thereby preventing an increase in viscosity of the ink color or affect the recorded image. 而且,还可防止在墨水用尽的状态下进行记录动作、或在错装了容纳有其它颜色墨水的墨水容器的状态下进行记录动作,所造成的记录故障。 Furthermore, it may prevent the ink end state in the recording operation, the recording operation or at the wrong ink container is installed containing a state other color inks, resulting the failure recorded. 设置这样的信息存储介质单元300可保持进行良好的记录动作,获得高质量的记录输出。 Providing such information storage medium unit 300 may be maintained good recording operation, recording high-quality output.

上述信息存储介质302可采用通过磁、光磁、电、机械等各种信息获取方式获得识别信息的介质,也可以采用闪存或一次写入的磁性介质等各种介质。 The information storage medium to obtain the medium identification information 302 may take a variety of information through a magnetic, magneto-optical, electrical, mechanical and other acquisition mode, various media may be a magnetic medium like a flash memory or write-once. 在本实施方式中,采用电子的可擦写的EEPROM作为除了保存墨水容器的识别信息、写入来自喷墨记录装置主体侧的信息以外,还可对来自喷墨记录装置主体侧的存储信息进行追加、变更、删除等的介质。 In the present embodiment, the electronic erasable EEPROM as the identification information stored in addition to the ink container other than the ink jet recording apparatus for writing information from the main body side, but also on the stored information from the ink jet recording apparatus main body side is media added, changed, deleted, etc. 该EEPROM搭载在带有触点部的印刷基板上,该连接件与记录装置主体侧的电信号接点部形成电连接,它们形成一体地构成信息存储介质302。 This EEPROM is mounted on the printed circuit board with the contact portion, the connecting member electrically connected to the electrical contact portion of the recording apparatus main body side, are integrally formed configuration information storage medium 302.

梳齿状的突起304用作防止墨水容器误安装的ID。 Comb-shaped projections 304 as to prevent erroneous mounting of the ink container ID. 与每种颜色的墨水或喷墨记录装置的每种机型等相对应地切除梳齿的预定部分。 Each aircraft type and each color ink or ink jet recording apparatus to remove the portion corresponding to the comb teeth. 另一方面,在记录装置侧的墨水容器的安装位置上,在与上述梳齿的切除部分相对应的位置上设置突起。 On the other hand, in the mounted position of the ink container of the recording apparatus side, the projection provided in the above-described comb-shaped cutout portion corresponding to a position. 即,记录装置侧的突起上只能安装梳齿形状一致的墨水容器,从而可防止误安装。 That is, the recording device side projection comb teeth uniform shape can be installed ink container, thereby preventing erroneous installation. 由此,除了通过上述信息存储介质防止误安装以外,还可以通过机械构成来防止误安装。 Thus, in addition to preventing erroneous mounting by the outside of the information storage medium, it may also be constituted by mechanically preventing erroneous installation.

下面说明上述墨水容器和喷墨记录装置的组装。 The following assembling said ink container and an ink jet recording apparatus.

如图4所示,喷墨记录装置侧的墨水供给针528和空气导入针529穿过连接口150、151、吸收体105、连通孔155、156、弹性部件103、壳体102的连通孔153、154,延伸到墨水搅拌室107内,从而与容纳部200内连通,以便导出墨水。 As shown, the ink supply needle 528 and the ink jet recording apparatus side air introducing needle 529 through the connector 150, 151 4, the absorbent body 105, communicating holes 155 and 156, the elastic member 103, the communication hole 153 of the housing 102 , 154, extending into the ink chamber 107 is stirred, so as to communicate with the receiving portion 200, in order to derive the ink. 由于弹性部件103紧密附着在墨水供给针528等上,因此可防止容纳部200内的墨水向外泄漏。 Since the elastic member 103 is closely attached to the ink supply needle 528, etc., and therefore the ink in the receiving portion 200 is prevented from leaking out. 而且,由于当弹性部件103拔出墨水供给针528等时,发生变化,其弹性力将上述针打开的孔堵住,因此即使从喷墨记录装置取下墨水容器,墨水也不会泄漏。 Further, since the elastic member 103 when pulled out of the ink supply needle 528, etc., change, the elastic force of the needle opening blocked holes, even if the ink container is removed from the ink jet recording apparatus, the ink does not leak.

回到图5,墨水供给单元525中设有储存由墨水供给针528导出的墨水的缓冲室530。 Returning to Figure 5, an ink supply unit 525 provided in the buffer chamber 530 from the reservoir 528 of the ink supply needle of the ink derived. 墨水供给针528一直延伸到缓冲室530的底部附近,与插入墨水容器1000中的一端相对的另一端通常都处于储存在缓冲室530中的墨水中。 An ink supply needle 528 extends to near the bottom of the buffer chamber 530, the insertion end of the ink container 1000. opposite end is normally in the ink reservoir chamber 530 in the buffer. 另一方面,空气导入针529一直延伸到缓冲室530高度方向的中间位置。 On the other hand, the air introducing needle 529 extends to an intermediate position in the height direction of the buffer chamber 530. 正常状态下缓冲室530内墨水的液位在导入空气导入针529的缓冲室530的一端的下方。 Under normal conditions below the ink level in the buffer chamber 530 at one end of the air introducing needle 529 is introduced into the buffer chamber 530.

记录头524从墨水喷出口面81向记录介质喷出墨水,进行记录。 The recording head 524 from the ink ejection outlet surface 81 ejects ink to a recording medium for recording. 这样,为了补充相当于喷出量的墨水,缓冲室530内的墨水经由墨水供给通路526供给记录头524。 Thus, in order to replenish the ink discharge amounts corresponding to the ink buffer chamber 530 in the passage 526 is supplied via the ink supplied to the recording head 524. 随着上述墨水供给,墨水容纳部200内的墨水逐渐减少,同时墨水容纳部200内的压力下降。 With the above-described ink supply, the ink in the ink containing portion 200 gradually decreases while the pressure in the ink containing section 200 decreases. 这样,从设在墨水供给单元525中的空气连通部527导入缓冲室530的空气通过空气导入针529被导入墨水搅拌室107内。 Thus, the air introduced into the buffer chamber 527 from the air communication portion 530 provided in the ink supply unit 525 of the needle 529 is introduced into the mixing chamber 107 through the ink introducing air.

此处,喷墨记录装置侧必须要使供给记录头524的墨水保持一定的负压状态。 Here, the ink jet recording apparatus side must make the ink supplied to the recording head 524 to maintain a certain negative pressure state. 本实施方式中,将空气导入墨水容器内部的空气导入针529的下端529a比记录头524的喷出口面81更靠竖直方向的下方,其下端529a与喷出口面81的高度差(水位差h)通常形成负压地作用在记录头524的喷出口82上。 In the present embodiment, air is introduced into the interior of the air introduced into the ink container downward direction closer to the vertical than the ejection outlet 81 faces the recording head 524 of the lower end 529a of needle 529, the height of the lower end 529a of the discharge port surface 81 of the difference (water level difference h) a negative pressure typically acts on the discharge outlet 82 of the recording head 524. 即,无论墨水容器1000内墨水的液面高度如何,都使基本上一定的负压作用在记录头524的喷出口82上。 That is, regardless of the ink within the ink container 1000 of how the liquid level, so that substantially all of a certain negative pressure acts on the discharge outlet 82 of the recording head 524.

另一方面,温度和气压等环境变化使墨水容纳部200内的空气膨胀时,墨水经由空气导入针529被压出到缓冲室530内,缓冲室530具有充分的容积,即使出现假想的环境变化,墨水也不会从该缓冲室530中溢出。 On the other hand environmental changes, like temperature and pressure air in the ink accommodating portion 200 is inflated, the air introduced through the ink needle 529 is pushed out into the buffer chamber 530, the buffer chamber 530 has a volume sufficient, even if there is change in the virtual environment the ink does not overflow from the buffer chamber 530. 再者,即使万一溢出一些墨水,该墨水也会被设在缓冲室内的空气连通部527前面的废墨吸收体(图中未示出)吸收,因而不会弄脏记录装置以外的部分。 Furthermore, even in case of some ink overflow, the ink will be provided in the waste ink 527 in front of the air cushion chamber communicating absorbent member (not shown) absorption, and thus will not soiled portions other than the recording apparatus. 相反的,当环境变化使墨水容纳部200内的空气收缩时,将空气从中空的空气导入针529导入墨水容纳部200内。 Conversely, when the environment changes in the ink receiving portion 200 of the air in the contraction, the air from the hollow air introducing needle 529 is introduced into the ink containing portion 200.

此外,在本实施方式中,随着向记录头524供给墨水,为了补偿墨水容纳部200内压力的下降,示出了从空气导入针529导入空气的结构,但是,也可以采用使连接单元100的第二连接口(用于导入空气的连接口)151与在一定压力条件下供给墨水的系统连接,为了补偿压力下降而供给墨水的结构。 In the present embodiment, as the ink is supplied to the recording head 524, to compensate for the pressure drop within the ink containing portion 200, shows the structure of the air introduced from the air introducing needle 529, however, the connecting means may be employed 100 a second connection port (connecting port for introducing air) 151 is connected to the system supplying ink under constant pressure conditions, to compensate for the pressure drop in the ink supply structure. 此时的墨水特别可以与墨水容纳部200内容纳的墨水是相同种类的液体等。 At this time, ink may be satisfied with a particular content of the ink receiving portion 200 is the same type of ink liquid or the like.

如图5所示,墨水搅拌室107在墨水容纳部200的高度方向延伸,从高度方向的上部到下部,基本上均等地设有供给孔107a~107h。 5, the ink stirring chamber 107 extends in the height direction of the ink receiving portion 200 from the upper level to the lower direction, substantially uniformly provided with supply holes 107a ~ 107h. 从该供给孔导入墨水。 Introducing ink from the supply hole.

另外,由于墨水容器1000中容纳的墨水是以颜料为着色剂的颜料墨水,因此颜料的沉降现象会使墨水越靠容器底部浓度越高。 Further, since the ink container 1000 is an ink pigment contained in the pigment ink as a colorant, thus settling phenomenon of the pigment will against the bottom of the container the higher the concentration of the ink. 本实施方式为了方便,分成颜料高浓度层603、颜料中浓度层602、颜料低浓度层601三个浓度层来说明,但是不用说,各浓度层中也是越靠墨水容器底部浓度越高。 For convenience the present embodiment, a high concentration layer 603 is divided into a pigment, the pigment concentration layer 602, a low pigment concentration layer three concentration layer 601 will be described, but needless to say, the concentration of each layer is higher on the concentration of the ink container bottom. 由于墨水搅拌室107的供给孔107a~107h是沿墨水搅拌室107的长度方向均等地设置的,因此会导入各浓度层601~603的墨水。 Since the ink supply hole 107 of the stirring chamber 107a ~ 107h are disposed along ink uniformly mixing chamber 107 disposed longitudinal direction, thus introducing the ink layer at each concentration of 601 to 603. 并且,导入的墨水会在墨水搅拌室107内暂时保留和混合。 Further, the ink introduction and escrow will be mixed in the ink chamber 107 with stirring.

另一方面,一旦向记录头524供给墨水,如上所述,空气会通过空气导入针529被导入墨水搅拌室107内。 On the other hand, once the ink supplied to the recording head 524, as described above, air is introduced into the ink stirring chamber 107 through the air introducing needle 529.

如图6所示,导入的空气形成气泡610,逐渐向墨水容器上部沿箭头A的方向移动。 6, the introduced air bubble 610 is formed, is gradually moved in the direction of arrow A to an upper portion of the ink container. 墨水从供给孔107a~107h沿箭头B方向流入。 Ink flows from the direction of arrow B supply holes 107a ~ 107h. 即,由于墨水流入的方向(箭头B)与气泡610上升的方向(箭头A)正好相反,因此,气泡610在墨水搅拌室107内移动,促进内部的墨水搅拌,使颜料进一步扩散,从而均匀地分布。 That is, since the direction (arrow B) of the ink flowing in the opposite direction (arrow A) the bubbles 610 rise, therefore, the bubble 610 moves in the ink stirring chamber 107 to facilitate the ink stirring inside, the pigment is further diffused, and uniformly distributed.

图7表示气泡上升直到颜料中浓度层的状态。 7 shows a state of air bubbles to rise until the concentration of the pigment layer.

由于颜料浓度越高,一定量墨水的重量就越重,因此在不搅拌的情况下,墨水重量比较重的高浓度层墨水要轻的中、低浓度层的墨水不会到竖直方向的下侧。 Since the higher the pigment concentration, a certain amount of ink heavier weight, and therefore without stirring, the relatively heavy weight of the ink layer of the ink to the high concentration of light, the ink layer does not lower the concentration to the vertical direction at side. 但是,随着气泡610的上升,墨水搅拌室107内的墨水被搅拌,将高浓度层的墨水推上中浓度层的上方。 However, with the rise of the bubble 610, the ink in the ink stirring chamber 107 is stirred, the concentration of the upper layer is an ink layer onto a high concentration. 上升之后,高浓度层的墨水靠自重下沉,从而在各浓度层之间形成对流C,并搅拌墨水。 After rising, the ink of the high concentration layer sinks by its own weight, so that convection between the C-concentration layer, and the ink stirring. 这种搅拌使颜料进一步扩散。 This was stirred for further spread of the pigment.

接着,如图8所示,气泡610继续上升,将中浓度层的墨水推上低浓度层,同样地形成对流D,从而搅拌墨水。 Next, as shown in FIG. 8, the bubble 610 continues to rise, the concentration of the ink layer onto the low-concentration layer, in the same manner convection D, thereby stirring ink. 此处,设在墨水搅拌室107上的供给孔中的至少一个必须足够大,使得从空气导入针529导入的气泡610可从墨水搅拌室107向墨水容纳部200移动。 Here, the ink supply holes provided in the stirring chamber 107, at least one must be large enough so that the air introduced from the needle 529 introduced from the bubble 610 may move the ink to the ink stirring chamber 107 accommodating portion 200. 本实施方式中,供给孔107h比其它供给孔的口径大一些。 The present embodiment, the supply hole 107h is larger than the diameter of some other supply holes. 由此,其大小可供气泡610通过,这样可防止由于空气不能从墨水搅拌室107内排出,充满墨水搅拌室107内而导致的墨水供给停滞。 Thus, for the size of the bubble 610, so that air can not be prevented because the ink discharged from the stirring chamber 107, filled with ink supplied into the ink chamber 107 caused stirred stagnation.

由此,通过将气泡610导入墨水搅拌室107内,可使在墨水搅拌室107内沉降的颜料发生扩散,从而使墨水搅拌室107内的墨水浓度均匀。 Accordingly, the bubble 610 by introducing the ink within the stirring chamber 107, the diffusion can pigment settling occurs in the mixing chamber 107 of the ink, the ink mixing chamber so that the ink concentration uniform within 107. 因此,无需用泵等抽吸墨水搅拌室107内的墨水,并定期排出,即可向记录头供给总保持均匀浓度的墨水。 Thus, without using the suction pump or the like in the ink of the ink stirring chamber 107, and periodically removed, is supplied to the recording head to maintain a uniform concentration of the total ink.

(实施方式2)本实施方式着重说明设在墨水搅拌室中的供给孔。 (Embodiment 2) This embodiment highlights the ink supply holes provided in the stirring chamber. 此外,本实施方式的墨水容器的结构除了墨水搅拌室的供给孔以外,与实施方式1相同。 Further, in addition to the stirring chamber of the ink supply hole, the same configuration as the embodiment of the ink container 1 according to the present embodiment.

图9A示出了本实施方式的墨水搅拌室的一部分,是沿长度方向的放大截面图。 9A shows a portion of the stirring chamber of the ink of the present embodiment, is an enlarged sectional view taken along the longitudinal direction.

图9B是沿图9A的IXB-IXB线所作的截面图。 9B is a cross-sectional view taken along line IXB-IXB in FIG. 9A taken.

本实施方式中,设在墨水搅拌室107上的供给孔是彼此错开地设置的,没有两个以上的高度相同。 In the present embodiment, the ink supply holes provided in the stirring chamber 107 is arranged offset to one another, no more than two of the same height. 而且,如半径方向的截面图所示,设在相对面上的2个供给孔107i、107j的开口角度相对该面都不是垂直的,而是形成角度α。 Further, as shown in a sectional view in the radial direction, provided on two opposite sides of the supply holes 107i, 107j of the opening angle relative to the plane is not vertical, but forms an angle α. 即,供给孔107i、107j不是朝向半径方向的中心开口,而是向与中心错开角度α的方向开口。 That is, the central supply hole 107i, 107j not in the radial direction of the opening, but the opening of the center in the direction of the offset angle α. 因此,从供给孔107i导入的墨水在墨水搅拌室107内流动,并如箭头所示地形成漩涡,导致流动情况更复杂,从而可获得更高的搅拌效果。 Thus, the stirring chamber 107 in the ink flow from the ink supply hole 107i introduced, as shown by the arrows to form swirl flow leading to a more complex, higher stirring effect can be obtained. 而且,各供给孔的开口角度即使都是任意的,也会有效果,但是如本实施方式那样,最好相对于中心统一形成相同角度α,因为这样更能促使形成对流。 Moreover, the opening angle of each feed hole is even any, it will be effective, but as in this embodiment, is preferably uniform with respect to the center of the same angle [alpha] is formed, as this causes more convection.

(实施方式3)本实施方式说明为了节省设置处的空间,墨水容器形成扁平状的墨水容器。 (Embodiment 3) In order that the present embodiment is provided at a space-saving, the ink container is formed flat ink container.

图11是示意地表示本实施方式的墨水容器的立体图。 FIG 11 is a schematic perspective view of an ink container according to the present embodiment.

墨水容纳部200与实施方式1、2相同,是由塑料材料吹制成形而形成的中空容器,但是,本实施方式的墨水容器形成宽度较窄的扁平状。 The ink receiving portion 200 is the same as in embodiment 1, it is a hollow container made of a plastic material formed by blow molding, but the ink container according to the present embodiment is formed flat narrow width.

连接单元100与实施方式1~3相同,带有连接口150、151,但是,本实施方式中,通过盖住墨水容纳部200的整个底部的防护件420来固定连接单元100。 Unit 100 is connected to the same manner as Embodiment 1 to 3, with connectors 150, 151, however, the present embodiment, by covering the entire bottom of the shield member 200 of the ink containing portion 420 is fixed to the connection unit 100. 即,在实施方式1~3中,安装连接单元100的部分形成从墨水容纳部200突出的形状,而本实施方式是用防护件420包住,墨水容器的整体形状构成箱形。 That is, in Embodiments 1 to 3, the connecting unit mounting portion 100 is formed projecting from the ink containing portion 200 shape, and the present embodiment is enclosed by the guard 420, the overall shape of a box constituting the ink container.

图12是取下了防护件的分解立体图。 FIG 12 is an exploded perspective view of FIG remove guard.

图13是分解连接单元的立体图。 FIG 13 is an exploded perspective view of the connecting unit.

连接单元100带有墨水搅拌室107及多个连接部,各连接部在与上述连接口相对应的位置上设有连通孔。 Unit 100 is connected with a plurality of connecting portions 107 and the ink stirring chamber, each of the connecting portions is provided with holes communicating with the connection port in the corresponding position. 连接部由下述部件构成:壳体102、装在该壳体102上的2个连通孔附近的凹部中且由橡胶状弹性体构成的2个弹性部件103、在与弹性部件103对应的位置上设有连通孔的压紧部件104、设在压紧部件104的连通孔附近的吸收体105、装在吸收体外侧的吸收体盖106。 The connecting portion composed of the following components: a housing 102, two recesses near the communicating hole is mounted on the housing 102 and the elastic member 2 made of a rubber-like elastic body 103, the elastic member 103 corresponds to a position a pressing member provided with the communication hole 104, the pressing member 104 provided in the absorbent body near the communication hole 105, mounted on the outside of the absorbent body, the absorbent member cover 106. 与实施方式1、2同样地,通过超声波焊接等方式将它们固定,形成一体。 1,2 Likewise, by ultrasonic welding or the like to fix them with the embodiment, is integrally formed.

与实施方式1、2同样的,墨水搅拌室107通过超声波焊接或锁止爪等方式固定在壳体102上。 The same first and second embodiments, the ink stirring chamber 107 is fixed to the housing 102 by ultrasonic welding or the pawl or the like. 弹性部件103形成拱形,被压紧部件104压缩固定在上述壳体102内。 Arcuate elastic member 103 is formed, the pressing member 104 is compressed in the housing 102 is fixed. 另外,设在压紧部件104上的2个吸收体105被吸收体盖106夹持着。 Further, provided on the two absorbent member 104 of the pressing member 105 is absorbed by the lid member 106 sandwiched. 吸收体盖106通过超声波焊接或连接爪与压紧部件104或壳体102相对固定。 The absorbent member cover 106 with ultrasonic welding or pressing the pawl member 104 is connected or fixed relative to the housing 102 through. 由此,构成一体化的连接单元。 Accordingly, the connection unit constituting integrated. 该连接单元使壳体超声波焊接在墨水容纳部200的开口部201上从而固定在墨水容纳部上。 The ultrasonic welding unit is connected to the opening portion of the housing 201 so that the ink containing portion 200 is fixed to the ink receiving portion.

而且,墨水容纳部的连接单元100的连接口所处的面上与连接单元邻接地设有信息存储介质单元300。 Further, the connection port unit which is connected to the ink containing portion 100 and the surface of the connecting unit is provided adjacent to the information storage medium unit 300. 另外,防护件420从墨水容纳部的底部方向包住连接单元100和信息存储介质单元300地固定在墨水容纳部200上。 Further, from the bottom of the shield member 420 encloses the connecting portion direction of the ink receiving unit 100 and information storage medium unit 300 is fixed to the ink receiving portion 200. 上述固定是将设在墨水容纳部200上的挠性钩250插入防护件420的配合孔421中,利用钩250要向半径方向的外侧张开的力,将钩的爪卡在配合孔421的边缘上,从而形成上述闩锁机构。 The fixing is provided on the ink receiving portion 200 of the hook 250 is inserted into the flexible shield member 420 is fitted in the hole 421, the hook 250 would like to use the outside in the radial direction of the opening force, the claws of the hook fitting hole 421 upper edges, thereby forming the latch means. 此外,本实施方式采用上述钩进行固定,但是不限于此,也可以采用其它固定方法。 Further, the present embodiment employs the hook is fixed, but is not limited thereto, other fixing methods may be employed.

防护件420的连接单元100的连接口150、151所在的部分、信息存储介质单元300所在的部分是开放的,但是作为整体还是要盖住连接单元100和信息存储介质单元300,防止来自外部的冲击。 The guard portion 420 connection unit 100 of the connection port 150, 151 is located, the information storage medium unit 300 is located partially open, but as a whole or to cover the connection unit 100 and information storage medium unit 300, from the outside to prevent impact.

而且,防护件420的纵长方向的一端设有用于防止墨水容器误安装的梳齿状突起的机械ID。 Further, one end of the longitudinal direction of the shield member 420 is provided with a mechanical ID for preventing erroneous mounting of the ink container comb-like projections.

此外,供给墨水的机构与实施方式1、2相同,从墨水搅拌室的供给孔流入的墨水经由插入连接口的墨水供给针送入记录头。 Furthermore, the same ink supply means and second embodiments, the recording head through the insertion into the connection port of the ink supply needle of the ink from the ink supply hole of the inflow stirring chamber. 由于墨水容纳部是由扁平容器构成的,因此记录装置上装有多个墨水容器时,可减小记录装置侧必需的安装空间,其结果,也可实现记录装置自身的小型化。 Since the ink receiving portion is formed of a flat container, thus recording apparatus provided with a plurality of ink containers can be reduced installation space required for the recording device side, as a result, can realize a recording apparatus itself can be miniaturized.

而且,由于连接单元100通过超声波焊接等方式固定在墨水容纳部上,因此可省略相当于密封部件和盖部件的部件,可进一步简化结构,可进一步减少部件数量。 Further, since the connecting unit 100 is fixed to the ink receiving portion, the sealing member thus may correspond to the cover member and the member by ultrasonic welding or the like will be omitted, the structure can be further simplified, the number of parts can be further reduced.

再者,防护件通过闩锁机构固定在墨水容纳部上,可通过该防护件保护并保持连接单元和信息存储介质单元,同时还可以形成用于防止误安装的机械ID,形成简单的外形。 Furthermore, the guard is fixed by a latch mechanism on the ink receiving portion, to protect and maintain the connector unit and an information storage medium by means of the guard member, but also a simple shape may be formed for preventing erroneous installation of the mechanical ID, is formed.

此外,实施方式3中,设在连接单元100内的连接口150、151是2个,但是本发明并不限于此,只要是可供给墨水和导入空气的结构,几个都可以。 Further, in the third embodiment, the connection unit 100 provided in the connection port 150, 151 is 2, but the present invention is not limited to this structure as long as the ink is supplied and introduced air can be several. 例如,也可以是连接口有1个,墨水供给针和空气导入针都插入其连接口中的方式,也可以是设有3个以上的连接口,空气导入针插入其中至少一个中的方式。 For example, there may be a connection port, an ink supply needle and the air introduction needle is inserted in the mouth manner connected, and may be provided with three or more connection ports, wherein the air introduction needle is inserted in at least one embodiment.

再者,实施方式1~3的墨水搅拌室都采用圆筒形,但是,本发明不限于此,也可以采用四棱柱、三棱柱或其它多角形的任何一种。 Further, the embodiment of the ink mixing chamber 1 to 3 are used cylindrical, however, the present invention is not limited thereto, a quadrangular prism, a triangular prism, or any other polygonal shape may be employed. 根据与墨水流入之间的关系,可以采用任意形状。 The relationship between the ink flows, may take any shape.

此外,实施方式1~3以安装在喷墨记录装置上的颜料墨水的墨水容器为例进行说明,但是如上所述,本发明不限于此,而是适用于所有容纳在静置状态下根据在容器内部位置的不同其浓度也不同的墨水的容纳喷墨记录墨水的容器。 Furthermore, Embodiments 1 to 3 pigment ink to the ink container is mounted on the ink jet recording apparatus is described as an example, but as described above, the present invention is not limited thereto, but is applicable to all housed in a static state in accordance with different concentrations inside the container which is different from the position of the ink container receiving inkjet recording ink. 另外,只要是在从该容纳喷墨记录墨水的容器向其它装置供给其内部的墨水时,除了供给路径以外,还有与该供给相对应地向容器内导入空气的空气导入路径即可。 Further, as long as when the ink container accommodating the ink jet recording ink is supplied to the inside from the other device, in addition to the supply path, and the supply of air corresponding to the air introduced into the introduction path to the container.

因此,采用本发明,空气从空气导入口被导入管状部件内,该空气在管状部件内形成气泡,并上升,使管状部件内的墨水产生对流,进行搅拌,从而可减小管状部件内浓度的差别,通过供给口供给一定浓度的墨水。 Accordingly, the present invention, air from the air inlet is introduced into the inner tubular member, the air bubbles are formed in the tubular member, and rises, so that the ink in the tubular member convection, stirring, thereby reducing the concentration of the inner tubular member difference, a concentration of the ink supplied through the supply port. 由此,容纳静置时形成多个浓度层的墨水的容纳喷墨记录墨水的容器,从该容器中取出墨水时,取出的墨水没有浓度差别,可供给保持一定浓度的墨水。 Thereby accommodating the ink jet, an ink concentration plurality of layers when standing recording ink accommodating container when removing the container from the ink, the ink is not withdrawn difference in concentration can be supplied to maintain a certain concentration of the ink.

而且,设在管状部件上的墨水供给孔相对于管状部件的中心形成一定角度,可使管状部件内的对流进一步复杂化,更好地搅拌内部墨水,更好地减小浓度差别。 Further, ink supply holes provided on the tubular member with respect to the center of the tubular member at an angle, the inner tubular member allows convection is further complicated, better interior of the ink stirring, to better reduce the difference in concentration.

而且,容纳喷墨记录墨水的容器的外壳是扁平的,可节省装有该容器的装置侧的安装空间。 Further, the inkjet recording ink receiving container shell is flat, space-saving installation of the container with the device side.

参考优选实施例对本发明作了详细地描述,并且显而易见的是对精通本领域技术的人员来说可以从上述在本发明的更广泛范围内对其进行变化和修正。 Reference to preferred embodiments of the present invention has been described in detail, and is apparent to persons skilled in the art from the above-described art is within the broader scope of the invention and that variations and modifications. 因此,权利要求的范围的本发明包括所有在本发明精神之内的这样的变化和修正。 Thus, the scope of the claims of the present invention includes all such variations and modifications within the spirit of the invention.

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1.一种容纳喷墨记录墨水的容器,容纳静置时形成多个浓度层的墨水,并带有用于向其它装置供给上述墨水的供给口,该容纳喷墨记录墨水的容器包括:设在该容纳喷墨记录墨水的容器内部的一端与上述供给口相连接的中空管状部件;形成在该管状部件上的至少一个墨水供给孔;位于上述管状部件的竖直方向的底部且用于将空气导入该管状部件内部的空气导入口,其特征在于:上述容纳喷墨记录墨水的容器内部的墨水从上述墨水供给孔被导入上述管状部件内,该被导入的墨水从上述供给口供给上述其它装置;上述管状部件从上述容纳喷墨记录墨水的容器底部沿竖直方向延伸,直到与该容纳喷墨记录墨水的容器内部的高度几乎相等的高度,并且在竖直方向的多处地方设有上述墨水供给孔,该多个墨水供给孔将各自附近的墨水导入上述管状部件内;上 An inkjet recording ink receiving container, forming a plurality of ink receiving layer when the concentration was allowed to stand, and with a supply port for supplying the ink to the other device, the inkjet recording ink receiving container comprising: provided the hollow tubular member receiving an end of the ink jet recording ink inside the container and connected to the supply port; at least one ink feed hole is formed on the tubular member; positioned vertically above the bottom of the tubular member and for the air the tubular member is introduced into the interior of the air inlet, wherein: said housing interior of the inkjet recording ink from the ink container to the ink supply hole is introduced into the tubular member, the ink is introduced into the another apparatus is supplied from the supply port ; said tubular member extending from the bottom of the inkjet recording ink accommodating container in the vertical direction, until the height of the interior of the ink container accommodating the ink jet recording almost equal height, and provided with the above-mentioned at various places in the vertical direction the ink supply holes, the plurality of ink supply holes close to respective ink introduction of the tubular member; the 空气导入口设在上述容纳喷墨记录墨水的容器的底部,从该空气导入口被导入上述管状部件内的空气形成气泡,在上述管状部件内上升,从而搅拌该管状部件内的墨水。 An air inlet provided at the bottom of the above-described inkjet recording ink accommodating container, the air is introduced into the tubular member from the air inlet to form bubbles rise within the tubular member, thereby stirring ink in the tubular member.
2.如权利要求1所述的容纳喷墨记录墨水的容器,其特征在于,上述墨水供给孔中的至少一个的大小设定成:从上述空气导入口被导入的气泡可以向上述管状部件外移动。 An outer tubular member may be introduced to the inlet air bubbles introduced from the air: 2 accommodating the ink jet recording according to claim 1 the ink container, wherein said ink feed hole sized to at least one mobile.
3.如权利要求1所述的容纳喷墨记录墨水的容器,其特征在于,上述墨水供给孔朝向与上述管状部件的中心轴形成既定角度的方向开口。 3. A receiving ink jet recording according to claim 1 the ink container, wherein said ink supply hole is formed at a predetermined angle toward the central axis of the opening of the tubular member.
4.如权利要求3所述的容纳喷墨记录墨水的容器,其特征在于,上述多个墨水供给孔全部相对于上述管状部件的中心轴形成相同角度地开口。 4. A receiving ink jet recording according to claim 3, wherein the ink container, wherein the plurality of ink supply holes with respect to all of the central axis of the tubular member is formed the same opening angle.
5.如权利要求1所述的容纳喷墨记录墨水的容器,其特征在于,上述管状部件、供给口及空气导入口形成可整体地从容纳喷墨记录墨水的容器主体上拆下的连接单元。 5. A receiving ink jet recording according to claim 1 of the ink container, wherein the tubular member, the supply port and the air inlet is formed on the connection unit detached from the container body may be integrally accommodated in the ink jet recording ink .
6.如权利要求1所述的容纳喷墨记录墨水的容器,其特征在于,上述墨水是颜料墨水。 6. A receiving ink jet recording according to claim 1 of the ink container, wherein said ink is a pigment ink.
7.一种喷墨记录装置,从记录头向记录介质喷射墨水,从而进行记录,该搭载有权利要求6所述的容纳喷墨记录墨水的容器的喷墨记录装置包括连通上述供给口与上述记录头的供给机构,其特征在于,该供给机构随着上述记录头消耗上述墨水,从上述容纳喷墨记录墨水的容器中抽出墨水,并将抽出的墨水供给上述记录头。 An ink jet recording apparatus ejects ink from the recording head to the recording medium, thereby performing recording, which is equipped with an ink jet according to claim 6 accommodating the ink jet recording recording apparatus comprising an ink container communicate with the supply port and the feeding means of the recording head, characterized in that the feed means as the recording head of said ink consumption from the above-described inkjet recording ink accommodating container out of the ink, supplied to the recording head and the ink extracted.
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